compassionate

adjective
com·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ kəm-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce compassionate (audio) \

Definition of compassionate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having or showing compassion : sympathetic a compassionate friend a compassionate smile
2 : granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual used of some military privileges (such as leave) The soldier was granted compassionate leave following the death of his father.

compassionate

verb
com·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ kəm-ˈpa-shə-ˌnāt How to pronounce compassionate (audio) \
compassionated; compassionating

Definition of compassionate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: pity … even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men …— John Quincy Adams

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Other Words from compassionate

Adjective

compassionately adverb
compassionateness noun

Examples of compassionate in a Sentence

Adjective

a compassionate person by nature a compassionate smile made the refugees feel a little better

Verb

a gentle soul who could compassionate even the most reprobate of scoundrels and villains
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

About 200 people mourned the compassionate, bright-eyed girl who loved animals Tuesday during a public funeral mass. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Community mourns Keyla Salazar, 13-year-old killed in Gilroy shooting," 6 Aug. 2019 Nathanael is the grandson of compassionate, capable Tot Spot director Peggy Bona. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "Summer is not in low gear in the Hillcrest area: Sun Messages," 29 July 2019 No image lingers from any of the shows like the final, compassionate moment when the shoe is suddenly on the other foot. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Dallas theater festival deals with mental illness and other issues facing us in these anxious times," 18 July 2019 Beaumont is recognized as one of Michigan’s and the nation’s best for excellent and compassionate patient care. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont workers, union members rally at Wayne hospital for fair contract," 17 July 2019 To reach as many children as possible, Developmental FX provides local, national, and worldwide training and mentoring in its highly skilled, compassionate approach. Bruce Deboskey, The Denver Post, "On Philanthropy: Don’t let disaster philanthropy become a philanthropic disaster," 14 July 2019 The first step is to get professional help and address it in a loving, compassionate way and not to attack them. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Lovato's Mom Missed the Signs of Her Eating Disorder: Here's What to Look For," 28 Feb. 2018 Cabán’s emergence is part of a larger trend around the US toward electing progressives with defense chops, all calling for a more compassionate approach to criminal justice. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The problem with Tiffany Cabán and the new cult of “progressive prosecutors”," 28 June 2019 The addition will allow the medical exams to be conducted in a compassionate way, but also meet the forensic protocols required for successful prosecutions, Morrison said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "State capital bill includes funds for Lake County Children's Advocacy Center," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At age 49, the Juilliard graduate, who can easily transform from menacing mob boss to compassionate father with a mere expression change, is having the kind of year an actor can only dream about. Nicole Sperling, HWD, "Michael Stuhlbarg Is This Awards Season’s Most Valuable Player," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of compassionate

Adjective

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compassionate

Adjective

see compassion

Verb

see compassion

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The first known use of compassionate was in 1579

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compassionate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of compassionate

: feeling or showing concern for someone who is sick, hurt, poor, etc. : having or showing compassion

compassionate

adjective
com·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ kəm-ˈpa-shə-nət How to pronounce compassionate (audio) \

Kids Definition of compassionate

: having or showing pity for and desire to help someone

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